Actor Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I as Tsubone Iwafuji, from the series Theatrical Matches for Lanterns with Illustrated Jokes (Mitate jiguchi tsukushi)

「見立地口尽」「局岩藤」 初代河原崎権十郎

Japanese
Edo period
1867 (Keiô 3), 1st month
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (Shigenobu) (Japanese, 1826–1869), Publisher Gusokuya Kahei (Japanese), Blockcutter Watanabe Eizô (Hori Ei) (Japanese, 1833–1901)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 012-1389

Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 35.8 x 26 cm (14 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

11.37250

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

From a series co-designed with Kunichika.

Play: Gohiiki Soga Ichiza Tehajime
Theater: Nakamura
御摂曽我一座魁(ごひいきそがいちざてはじめ)
 中村

Signed

Ryûsai hitsu
立斎筆

Markings

Censor's seal: Hare 1 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Watanabe Hori Ei (name inscribed at lower right)
改印:卯正改
彫師:渡辺彫栄

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection